MSU students move back into town
Updated On: Aug 21 2013 08:54:49 PM MDT
It was a busy day on MSU's campus Wednesday as incoming freshmen moved into the dorms. On campus Wednesday morning, volunteers and families helped the students get settled in.
MSU President Waded Cruzado said they're excited about the school year, and say they're expecting record enrollment.
Over the next few days 2,500 students are expected to move in.
Cruzado said Move-In Day is an important part of the Bobcat tradition, and a memorable day for both parents and students.
"What has become now a tradition, it's Move-In Day," Cruzado said. "It's when we welcome new students, our freshman class, students and parents that come from out of state, and we really open this campus and say 'we're so happy you're part of the Bobcat family.'"
The Bozeman Chamber of Commerce and downtown businesses say the back-to-school rush has a huge impact on local businesses. They tell us the students coming in at this time helps ease the transition out of the summer tourist season, and it boosts multiple industries including service, retail, and real estate.
"Business picks up," said Mackenzie River Pizza Company's General Manager Allison Collins. "There's always a good pool of people to hire from, so lots of great new applicants. Football games are a great boom to our business, so just looking forward to a lot of Main Street traffic again. Because as the tourists leave, then we get students and parents, and definitely lots of support downtown from MSU."
MSU will have its annual "Catwalk" on Main this Friday to thank local merchants for their support and to remind Bozeman that the students are back in town.